Severe

Definition of Severe

Se`vere´
a.1.Serious in feeling or manner; sedate; grave; austere; not light, lively, or cheerful.
2.Very strict in judgment, discipline, or government; harsh; not mild or indulgent; rigorous; as, severe criticism; severe punishment.
Come! you are too severe a moraler.
- Shak.
3.Rigidly methodical, or adherent to rule or principle; exactly conformed to a standard; not allowing or employing unneccessary ornament, amplification, etc.; strict; - said of style, argument, etc.
The Latin, a most severe and compendious language.
- Dryden.
4.Sharp; afflictive; distressing; violent; extreme; as, severe pain, anguish, fortune; severe cold.
5.Difficult to be endured; exact; critical; rigorous; as, a severe test.

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